Incident is recorded on video.
SARASOTA COUNTY — Armed men tried to rob a home this week, but were arrested after one of the victims grabbed a machete and fought back, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. The incident was captured on security video.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, three masked men armed with a shotgun, crowbar and machete jumped the fence of a home in the 2100 block of Dodge Avenue after 4 a.m. on Thursday. One of the victims, Leandro Mojena-Peralta, 38, said the robbers told him and another victim to get on the ground. Instead, he went into his home, grabbed a machete and fought back. He was able to take the shotgun from one of the robbers, later identified as Alen Beltran-Vazquez, 32, of Greenacres, and hold him until deputies arrived. The other two robbers, later identified as Angel Cabrera-Basulto, 19, of Lake Worth and Ronier Jauregui-Lorente, 21, of West Palm Beach, dropped their weapons and fled.
Deputies were quickly able to locate a suspicious vehicle at a gas station on Fruitville Road. Four men, including Cabrera-Basulto and Jauregui-Lorente, wearing dark clothing were found inside the car and arrested. Detectives say the other two men, Jorge Valido-Leyva, 40, of Lake Worth and Roberto Salcedo-Balanza, 22, of West Palm Beach, helped plan the robbery. All are being held in the Sarasota County jail without bail.
Beltran-Vazquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Jauregui-Lorente and Cabrera-Basulto are each charged with two counts of armed robbery. Valido-Leyva and Salcedo-Balanza face two counts each of principal to armed robbery.
The case is still under investigation and additional charges are pending, the Sheriff’s Office says.